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IU Northwest mourns the loss of two cherished IU Northwest friends

Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

IU Northwest regretfully announces the passing of Doris Blaney, Ed.D, Dean Emeritus of the School of Nursing. Blaney, 82, a resident of Hobart, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015.

Blaney served as Director and then Dean of the School of Nursing for approximately 30 years, having first been appointed Director of the Associate of Arts in Nursing Program in 1967. She oversaw the development of the one-year certificate Family Health Practitioner Program (later changed to Family Nurse Practitioner Program), which continued until 1985. During her tenure, she also oversaw the development of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program that graduated its first class in 1983. Blaney served as President of the Indiana State Nurses Association and was a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She was widely published, well respected by her colleagues, and an unparalleled advocate for nursing. 

Blaney’s obituary can be viewed here. IU Northwest extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Doris Blaney.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the IU Foundation, Doris R. Blaney Scholarship, c/o Office of Development IU Northwest, 3400 Broadway, Gary, IN 46408. Also, donations may be made to the Augustana Foundation, 207 Kelly Street, Hobart, IN 46342.

Thomas Higgins

IU Northwest regretfully announces the passing of Thomas Higgins, former director of Alumni Relations and an IU Bloomington alumnus. Higgins, 82, of Merrillville, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

Higgins served IU Northwest for 14 years at the helm of the alumni office, and he was a lifelong member of the IU Alumni Association. He spent his career working in broadcast journalism and was active in many organizations, including Senior Little League World Series, Gary Old Timer's Association, and Blessed Sacrament Home and School Association and Parish Council. He served as a board member of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) and Catholic Family Services. Throughout his career, he earned many civic accolades and authored five books.

Higgins graduated from IU Northwest in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in radio journalism and with an Army commission as a distinguished military graduate. He served the First Infantry Division followed by 32 years of active and reserve service, and retiring as a colonel.

Higgins’ obituary can be viewed here.

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